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Title IX Coordinator and Associate Provost Lauretta Frederking will leave the University of Portland in May, as she has accepted a vice president and academic dean position at Brescia University in London, Ontario, Canada, according to a community wide email sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. John Donato.
The Moreau Center has cancelled this year’s Nicaragua Immersion because of major political unrest in the country. Laurie Laird, director of the Moreau Center, said immersion leaders made the decision after over two dozen people died in anti-government protests over pension reform in Nicaragua over the past few days. In response, the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua evacuated nonessential staff on Monday, and the U.S. State Department elevated the travel warning to Nicaragua to Level 3: “Reconsider Travel.”
The Wally Awards controversy continues to spark discussion about not just the event itself, but larger issues of misogyny, rape culture and sexism. Some of the more intimate conversations are taking place in residence life communities across the University of Portland campus, some of which have organized events to bring residents together to share feelings about the incident and discuss how to move forward.
Five Pilots entered, and five returned victorious at the 2018 National Bioethics Bowl Championship. In its third year as a team, University of Portland’s bioethics team has now won two national championships.
In 2017 my husband and I rode our motorcycles 20,000 km from Portland to Patagonia. Pretty much nothing was as we expected, and while that ultimately ended up being very educational and emotionally fulfilling, one particularly unexpected aspect was the plastic waste.
Barbara Bush died this week on April 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas, at age 92. She was the wife of George H. W. Bush who was the 41st President of the United States and served as First Lady from 1989 to 1993. Previously, she also served as Second Lady from 1981 to 1989. Her six children include George W. Bush, the 43rd US President, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida .
Filipino Culture Night took place on Saturday night in the Quiet Side of the Commons. It was a full house, with almost 300 people in attendance, the head chair of the event. The event, put on by the Filipino-American Student Association, included performances and Filipino food. If you were unable to make it, here's a recap of the night's events.
We write in response to the Wally awards incident, as reported by student-athlete and Beacon reporter Olivia Sanchez. As faculty members who believe in the stated mission of the university to teach the heart and the hands as well as the mind, we are in complete solidarity with the students who are appalled and outraged by the inflammatory rhetoric used by the event’s emcee.
I would first like to thank Olivia Sanchez for telling her story in her opinion publication. It was very brave, and it encourages people to let their voices be heard when they feel unsafe or injustice happens. I want to acknowledge that Goutham's Sundaram's "inappropriate" words "cannot be defended," as he has stated in his apology. Sanchez's voice is an important one and there are many other voices to consider, such as my own.
Both men and women's soccer teams have released statements responding to the Wally Awards Sunday night, during which the emcee gave an offensive speech that marred the event for many attendees.
Members of the University of Portland community nearly filled Buckley Center Auditorium on Thursday night for the event "Reaffirming Pilot Values: Assessing Rape Culture, Sexism, and Misogyny." The student-led event, hosted by Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), Service and Justice coordinators (SJCs) and the Feminist Discussion Group, was announced Wednesday morning in response to the controversial speech made at the fifth annual Wally Awards Sunday night.
With a title like Service and Justice Coordinator, it should not come as a surprise that behavior such as at Sunday night's Wally Awards both disappoints and frustrates us. That being said, what disappoints us more as proponents of service and justice is the culture at UP that allowed such behavior to happen when we all work fiercely to uphold the Moreau Center's core commitments of social justice, community, solidarity, and reflection. It is our feeling that those core commitments were not upheld that night. For this reason, we as Service and Justice Coordinators feel it is necessary to revisit those commitments and speak about what upholding those commitments looks like for our community.
My name is Rebecca Howard and I’m a grad student on the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Portland. The annual Wally Awards was held on Sunday April 15th to recognize and celebrate the athletic success of the 14 sports teams here at UP, and has remained the topic of every conversation I have had since.
To the community of UP:
Several on-campus groups will host an event Thursday night in response to the incident at the Wally Awards. Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), Service and Justice Coordinators, Feminist Discussion Group (FDG) and other groups are organizing “Reaffirming Pilot Values: Assessing Rape Culture, Sexism, and Misogyny.”
“Used for minutes, but here for centuries.”
New and used art, furniture, clothes and other miscellaneous items will be scattered outside of the Chiles Center. On Friday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Portland’s first Pilot Market, Students can pay a visit to the booths of Guilder Cafe, Branching Threads, Imperfect Produce and College Ecology Club while meandering through the market. KDUP College Radio will be managing the DJ booth during the event.
My name is Brent Knutzen. I am a senior here at the University of Portland and a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track team. As an attendee of the Wally awards, I felt compelled to write in and share my experience, and to both explain and apologize for my reaction to the night’s events.
To the University of Portland community:
As a UP alum and young woman, I was extremely dismayed to hear of the events that took place at the athletic department's Wally Awards on April 15. Mr. Sundaram's disgusting attempts at humor were far from comical. His sexist words about women have absolutely no place at UP, and in fact, were scarily reminiscent of our current president's similar language on a secret Access Hollywood tape.